Italian Serie A
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Fiorentina 2-1 Juventus

Nikola Kalinic
Nikola Kalinic's opening goal was his first in five matches

Juventus' lead at the top of Serie A is down to just one point after Nikola Kalinic and Milan Badelj scored to give Fiorentina a surprise victory.

Former Blackburn forward Kalinic drove the opening goal into the far corner of the net after being played in by Federico Bernardeschi.

Badelj was credited with the second after his cross drifted in, apparently without anyone else touching it.

Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back, but Paulo Sousa's men held out.

With Roma winning 1-0 at Udinese earlier on Sunday, Max Allegri's side have seen their advantage at the top cut significantly, although they have a game in hand on the three sides immediately behind them.

Juve had won their first two matches of 2017, swatting aside Bologna 3-0 in the league and defeating Atalanta 3-2 in the Coppa Italia.

But they were second best to a Fiorentina side with a point to prove after underperforming in Serie A this season.

Matias Vecino hit the post for the home side in the first 10 minutes after a mazy run, and Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon, returning after a bout of flu, had to get down well to beat out a Federico Chiesa shot.

Higuain had a penalty appeal rightly rejected just before half-time when his close-range shot was charged down by the thigh, not the hand, of Max Olivera.

Buffon made a fine save to stop Bernardeschi's cushioned volley, but was caught out as Badelj, linked with Chelsea, floated in a ball that eluded the stretching Chiesa in the middle and bounced into the net.

Higuain tapped in from close range after Sami Khedira's cross came to him via two deflections, and then sparked a goalmouth scramble after his header from a free-kick bounced loose off goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

But the home side should have had a third goal in stoppage time, as Kalinic played substitute Josip Ilicic clear, only for the Slovenian midfielder to mess up as he tried to go round Buffon, running the ball out of play.

Line-ups

Fiorentina

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 6C Sánchez
  • 2Rodríguez
  • 13Astori
  • 25ChiesaBooked at 53minsSubstituted forTelloat 81'minutes
  • 5Badelj
  • 8VecinoBooked at 29mins
  • 20Valero IglesiasSubstituted forIlicicat 85'minutes
  • 15Olivera
  • 10BernardeschiSubstituted forCristóforoat 76'minutes
  • 9N KalinicBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lezzerini
  • 4De Maio
  • 7Zárate
  • 16Tello
  • 18Salcedo
  • 19Cristóforo
  • 24Hagi
  • 30Babacar
  • 31Milic
  • 40Tomovic
  • 57Sportiello
  • 72Ilicic

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 15BarzagliSubstituted forMandzukicat 79'minutes
  • 19BonucciBooked at 88mins
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 33mins
  • 7Ju Cuadrado
  • 6Khedira
  • 8MarchisioSubstituted forRincónat 77'minutes
  • 27SturaroBooked at 26minsSubstituted forPjacaat 61'minutes
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 82mins
  • 21DybalaBooked at 90mins
  • 9Higuaín

Substitutes

  • 5Pjanic
  • 11de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 20Pjaca
  • 22Asamoah
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 28Rincón
  • 32Audero
Referee:
Luca Banti
Attendance:
34,085

Match Stats

Home TeamFiorentinaAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home22
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Fiorentina 2, Juventus 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fiorentina 2, Juventus 1.

Attempt blocked. Cristian Tello (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Kalinic.

Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Juan Cuadrado.

Booking

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paulo Dybala (Juventus).

Sebastián Cristóforo (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matías Vecino (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sebastián Cristóforo.

Booking

Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic.

Booking

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).

Attempt saved. Sebastián Cristóforo (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maximiliano Olivera.

Sebastián Cristóforo (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sami Khedira (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Josip Ilicic replaces Borja Valero.

Offside, Fiorentina. Sebastián Cristóforo tries a through ball, but Cristian Tello is caught offside.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Davide Astori.

Attempt missed. Cristian Tello (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Borja Valero.

Booking

Alex Sandro (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sebastián Cristóforo (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Cristian Tello replaces Federico Chiesa.

Attempt saved. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paulo Dybala with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Mario Mandzukic replaces Andrea Barzagli.

Foul by Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina).

Alex Sandro (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Marko Pjaca (Juventus) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Sami Khedira.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Tomás Rincón replaces Claudio Marchisio.

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Sebastián Cristóforo replaces Federico Bernardeschi.

Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).

Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 15th January 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus19150440162445
2Roma20142441182344
3Napoli20125345232241
4Lazio20124435221340
5AC Milan1811342820836
6Inter Milan20113633231036
7Atalanta2011273224835
8Fiorentina198653025530
9Torino198563627929
10Cagliari2082103144-1326
11Udinese207492527-225
12Chievo207492127-625
13Sampdoria206682226-424
14Bologna196581825-723
15Genoa206592227-523
16Sassuolo2063112834-621
17Empoli2046101126-1518
18Palermo2024141740-2310
19Crotone1923141434-209
20Pescara1916121536-219
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